And imprisoned in the parish jail to answer a charge of having violated the above act

from Justice Henry Billings Brown – Plessy v Ferguson on Rap Genius


A person can sue and challenge the constitutionality of a statute only if the person has skin in the game. You can’t be a mere bystander watching Plessy being ordered to sit in another coach. The courts call it “standing,” we call it having a dog in the fight.

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